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A Mom’s Back to School Checklist

July 25, 2017

Summertime in Newport Beach is a never-ending paradise. Waking up to the blissful sound of the ocean waves, cool breeze in your hair, and beautiful sunsets right in your own backyard is like a vacation all in itself. For moms, as we reach the end of summer reality hits, the reality of “back-to-school” season.

Long-awaited by some, yet dreaded by most, back-to-school is around the corner for both mom and the kids. For moms especially, this week can be somewhat of a stressful one. From school supplies shopping to scheduling drop-offs and pick-ups with other parents, it almost seems like there’s truly not enough time to prepare. Every year you have this idea that it will be different and you’re continuously trying to commit to planning ahead of time. Because back-to-school always has its way of creeping back up on you, here’s a survival guide to get a little “me” time in and to also help you distress during the first chaotic week:

Breakfast with friends/moms: Planning time with friends is not only a great distraction from back-to-school week, but also a great way to enjoy the company of other moms! Newport Beach is home to some of the tastiest breakfast spots with some of the most incredible views. After dropping the kids off, head on over to some of these breakfast options:

The Beachcomber Café, located in the heart of Crystal Cove, offers a laid-back ambiance with a spectacular view of the ocean. Don’t forget to try their famous beignets!

Located in Fashion Island, Newport Beach’s shopping mecca, Le Pain Quotidien offers organic specialty breads and pastries that are to die for!

With fresh, organic, sustainable food options, JSH Marina Café is a favored hidden gem in Lido Marina Village. Simple and healthy is JSH Café’s main priority for all juices and dishes served!

Pamper yourself: During back-to-school week, a mom’s first priority is her kids. But, as moms, we need to remember to take care of ourselves, too! A quick, relaxing getaway is easy with Newport Beach’s variety of salons and spas. Check out a few suggestions here:

Spa Greogorie’s, located near Fashion Island offers full line of spa services, including a relaxation room, private manicure and pedicure rooms, and so much more! Did you know that Spa Gregorie’s was named Humantarian Company of the Year by the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation? Definitely a spa worth remembering.

The Spa at Pelican Hill is a 5 star experience with rejuvenating spa treatments and packages. Heading back-to-school doesn’t need to be so exhausting. Reserving a spot ahead of time is certainly suggested.

With services ranging from hair, nails, and skin care, Cristophe Salon offers a luxurious and relaxing home away from home experience. Come by and enjoy a sensational facial that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for your scheduled pick-ups at school.

Go Shopping: Just like the kids, us moms deserve an updated wardrobe for the fall season. Taking the time to splurge on yourself while the munchkins are at school is easy when you’re in Newport Beach, which offers some of the most luxurious clothing boutiques and stores! Here are some suggestions:

Rebecca Taylor, conveniently located in Fashion Island, brings New York-inspired trends and pieces to Newport Beach. From feminine to refined, this store is well-worth the splurge!

Looking for contemporary, beach-inspired pieces? Head on over to Faherty in Lido Marina Village. Faherty is nothing short of effortless with a clear showing of the brand’s passion for rustic finds and timeless style.

Located in the gorgeous shopping center of Newport Coast, Jeanni Champagne Boutique offers simplistic trends and pieces. With a unique sense of elegance, your wardrobe is about to become one-of-a-kind.

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